Yucatan Mexico: My travel diary – Part I
One of the most beautiful and unexpected gifts I received in the last period was a trip. And not just any: a whole week in Mexico, precisely in the Yucatàn Peninsula. Along with other bloggers and influencers, friends and strangers, I spent seven days in a true paradise. I still dream of sinking my toes into the soft sand and swim in the crystal clear waters… I have seen so many wonders of nature that I decided to split the post dedicated to the trip into two parts: here is the first!
DAY 1: CELESTUN
I left from Malpensa Airport (the only one offering a direct flight from Italy to Mexico) at around 3:30 p.m. and I arrived to the destination at around 9 p.m. local time. The flight is really long, twelve hours or so. It turned out much more comfortable than I expected: I flied Business Class, which I truly recommend if you’re about to leave for a long trip. If you book in advance you’ll be able to find good rates, without even spending much more than an Economy one! At the arrival we have been welcomed from the boy who would have become our driver for the entire trip, Consuè, ready to take us to our hotel. After about an hour’s drive we reached the Hotel Xixim, which is located in Celestún.
The pictures of the room in which I stayed speak for themselves! Hotel Xixim is fully (and respectfully) immersed in the natural reserve of Celestùn. Although it was already dark we instantly noticed that. Actually the very first evening on the terrace it appeared a raccoon: I went out to photograph him and he thought well to get into the room, probably in search of food! I had never seen a raccoon so close to me and I literally fell in love!
In front of the rooms there is the beach, which can be easily reached by foot. The water of the Gulf of Mexico is bright blue, the sand is white, literally strewn with giant shells. And if you are very lucky you may see pelicans flying in the sky while looking for fish in the sea. A true spectacle of nature!
The day after our arrival I could wait to go to the beach. Between a walk and a bit of relaxing in the hammocks, which are neatly positioned over the entire waterfront, we spent the morning. I could not dream of anything better: it had been weeks that I dreamed of coming back to summer!
Around noon we started to explore the Ria Celestùn Biosphere Reserve by boat. We saw wild flamingos (close enough but not too much, because we were told they are very scared at the sight of the people) and mangrove forest, populated by his colorful birds. This protected area is very interesting from the point of view of landscape and nature… I had never seen anything like it before!
After a lunch of sea-based tacos and nachos, we returned to the hotel. The sun was going down and the water was so warm, I decided to enjoy a nice swimming moment!
The day concluded with an excellent dinner of fish at the Hotel Xixim.
DAY 2: MERIDA
The morning of the second day was free-time and, after having packed up (in the evening we would reach a new destination), I took the opportunity for a walk on the shore. I have been missing the sea a lot since summer, and there it had a really amazing color: impossible to resist!
Shortly before lunch we left for the capital of Yucatan, Mérida. First stop: lunch at Restaurante La Chaya Maya La Casona. I saw the cooks in action while preparing the tacos which I later ate! Delicious!
After lunch we started our visit of Mérida, a beautiful town with colorful buildings. The colonial style is evident: we walked along the calle through small boutiques and art galleries until we reached the Cathedral. Overall I have to say it is very clean and you feel safe walking there!
Around six in the evening we left for a trip of about an hour’s drive to the south, until we arrived at the Hotel Hacienda Temozon. My room was truly spectacular: again there was a hammock… It is a real must for all holidays in Mexico, particularly in the Yucatan, to spend time lying on your own personal hammock: I’d love to have one in my home in Italy!
This is the hotel where I ate the best: the food was really good and they put very attention to details, as well as the service. A place that conquer you at first sight and will remain in your heart forever!
DAY 3: UXMAL
The third day we woke up quite early because we were waiting 45 minutes by car to get to the Mayan archeological site of Uxmal. But first, we ate breakfast at the Hacienda Temozon, overlooking the pool!
Uxmal, defined by the UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was one of the most important Mayan settlements of Yucatan. Now you can see only its ruins, became the refuge of the iguanas! The site is unexpectedly pervaded by silence, peace and tranquility. The tourists, in fact, can be counted on the fingers of a few hands. I think the quiet of the place emerges even from photos I took: what do you think?
On our way back to the hotel we stopped at Hacienda Ochil for lunch… Obviously I ordered tacos! I loved the little corner shop of typical products!
After lunch we returned to the Hacienda Temozon and we relaxed a few hours in the beautiful pool!
Last dinner and last night at the Hacienda, before leaving for new adventures…
I hope that so far you liked my Yucatan Mexico travel guide… Soon there will be a new post with the second part of it!
Happy Monday to you all!
OUTFIT DAY 1
VESTITO – DRESS: Vivetta
OUTFIT DAY 2
ABITO LUNGO – LONG DRESS: Mint&Berry via Zalando
TOP + GONNA PLISSE – TOP + PLEATED SKIRT: George J. Love
VESTITO FLOREALE – FLORAL DRESS: Mint&Berry via Zalando
SNEAKERS: Superga via Sarenza
OUTFIT DAY 3
VESTITO – DRESS: Stella Jean
VESTITO NERO – BLACK DRESS: Maria Grazia Severi
SNEAKERS: Superga via Sarenza
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